George Washington Capsule
Nickname: Colonials Coach: Karl Hobbs Location: Washington, DC Record at George Washington: 114-64 Conference: Atlantic 10 Career record: 114-64 Overall Record: 23-8 Conference Record and Finish: 11-5, 3rd Seed, Region and Bid: 11, East, Automatic Total NCAA Tournament Bids: 10 NCAA Tournament Record: 4-9 (.307) Final Four Appearances: 0 NCAA Tournament Championships: 0 Best NCAA Tournament Finish: REGIONAL SEMIFINALIST (1993) Final ESPN/USA Today ranking: NR Final Associated Press ranking: NR Final Ratings Percentage Index: 71 Record vs. teams in the field: 1-3 Starters: F -- Dokun Akingbade (6-9, 220, Sr. -- 7.3 ppg, 5.5 rpg) F -- Regis Koundjia (6-8, 224, Sr. -- 7.4 ppg, 5.0 rpg) G -- Maureece Rice (6-1, 224, Jr. -- 16.2 ppg, 3.6 rpg) G -- Damian Hollis (6-8, 198, Fr. -- 5.2 ppg, 3.1 rpg) G -- Carl Elliott (6-4, 220, Sr. -- 13.1 ppg, 5.0 apg) Key Reserves: F -- Rob Diggs (6-8, 187, So. -- 10.7 ppg, 5.1 rpg) G -- Travis King (6-2, 213, Fr. -- 5.6 ppg, 2.5 apg) (statistics before NCAA Tournament) OUTLOOK: The Colonials were headed to the NIT until Rhode Island stunned Xavier in the A-10 semifinals, opening the door for GW to earn its third consecutive NCAA bid. After losing four starters from last season's team that lost to Duke in the second round, not much was expected from the Colonials. A loss to St. Joseph's on February 14 marked it fourth straight defeat but GW has rebounded to close the season with eight straight victories. The Colonials are not pretty to watch but they are pesky on defense, harassing their three opponents into a combined 62 turnovers in the run to the conference title. The point guard Elliott is the focal point at both ends of the floor. He is second on the team in scoring and had 82 steals to lead the A-10. In fact, GW has three of the conference's top six players in steals per game and forced 100 more turnovers than it committed on the season. But can they score? Rice, who broke Wilt Chamberlain's Philadelphia scholastic scoring record, is the only legitimate threat from 3-point range, shooting 44 percent and making 63 from the arc; no one else on the team has more than 24. That can be an issue in the opening round against a Vanderbilt team that loves to bomb away from the arc. NEXT GAME: Thursday vs (6) Vanderbilt at Sacramento, Cal.
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Updated Wednesday, Mar 14, 2007